A close up of the bark of the Kauri tree gives you an excellent example of what this native tree to the North Island of New Zealand is actually made up of. The bark flakes off of the Kauri Tree and gathers at the trunk which in turn protects it from any parasitic plants.
This is a coniferous tree that grows to be the largest in the New Zealand area and the larger the tree, then the more bark that collects around the base. The color of the bark of the Kauri is usually an ash-grey, blue-grey or a purple color that is spotted with smears of other colors such as this one.
In the Waipoua Forest on the North Island of New Zealand you will find two of the largest Kauri trees. These two trees have become famous with the tourists that visit the Waipoua Forest due to their size and age.
The Te Maua Ngahere is estimated to be about 2,000 years old and is about 52.5 feet in circumference and the Tane Mahuta is about 45 feet in circumference and is believed to be between 1250 and 2500 years old. Imagine how big the pile of Kauri bark is that has clustered together at the bottom of each of these trees.
Detail of Kauri tree bark along the Kauri Walks in Waipoua Forest, Northland, North Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/14.0, exposure time of 8/5 sec. on ISO 50, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 70mm.
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